Summer is on our doorstep. The mornings are light, the evenings get long and our sleeves get short. It’s a great time to update the kids wardrobe as they grow faster then weeds. These long legs were in desperate need of some new cool shorts and we therefore could not be happier with our order from Hundred Pieces.
Hundred Pieces has a great selection for kids and teens with a focus on essentials inspired by vintage sports wear. The materials are stunning, the prints are fun and all items match together. And that is just what we love for all of our boys. Mind you, between our team of 4 we have quite a few of them walking around. Boys 9 – Girls 0.
The Milan design week has just come to an end and we are very happy that we could visit it once again. We traded in office mornings and dates with our laptops for wandering the streets of the design and fashion capital of Italy. Spending a week here, spotting trends, seeing so many installations and speaking to suppliers got us so inspired that we can’t wait to start creating again ourselves.
We have mentioned before that fashion trends often flow over into interiors. And indeed, in Milan we saw what we have spotted in last years Vogue.
Pastels are definitely on trend! On their own or a combination of tones, everything goes. We loved seeing the a perfect example of how fashion meets function, comfort and style at Muuto. Their new Oslo side chair is a beauty and on our wish list for dining room designs.
Another translated fashion trend is the use of corduroy as upholstery. We have a big crush on the chairs we saw at Normann Copenhagen. The thick cords are really something distinctive.
It does not get more Nordic then using wood in combination with sheep skin. An incredibly comfortable element that we welcome with open arms as this will be a true statement piece in your home. Our favorite one was at &tradition where we attended the preview. The space alone was a pleasure to be in as nothing gets us more inspired then concrete, old industrial elements in combination with classic Nordic design.
Apparently gold is the new black. We saw a lot of brass and golden accents on furniture. Besides that, the gold colored mirrors are still very much on trend and the same goes for lighting. These golden accents are perfect for giving your interior a more full and rich feeling. It combines so well with minimalistic design.
It was a week well spent. We are ready to translate what we saw into our designs. What is your favorite trend or what would you like us to start working with? We are keen to know.
You might have seen it on my Instagram stories already yet due to the high enthusiasm and adrenalin levels, we also want to share this news on the blog. I have started a new business venture with friend and fellow interior stylist, Kath, better known as @houseofhawkes. Kath and I met at an industry event a few years ago and have developed a great working relationship and friendship from the start. Even though we are in the same line of business, we have proven that sharing is caring. Being open and constructive towards one another has given us both the opportunity to grow.
We often catch up over coffee to exchange thoughts and ideas and at our first meeting this year, after yet another discussion about upgrading and/or hacking IKEA furniture for clients that required custom carpentry work, and our frustration with the fact that no such products exists ready-made in the market, we decided, pretty much on the spur of the moment, to ‘fill that gap’ ourselves. And just like that, Fronteriors was born!
Following that eventful lunch, we have spent several weeks channelling our creativity to design a range of custom doors and tops to fit a selection of IKEA furniture frames that we work with a lot. The concept of making bespoke fronts and accessories to upgrade IKEA pieces isn’t new – it exists across Europe and the US, but what we will offer is something locally available to the Gulf region as well as a selection of finishes that have not yet been seen in this arena.
Kath and I have dedicated a lot of time and thought to selecting the materials, combinations and upgrade options for our first launch. We are both suckers for cane yet have a list of our favorite choices for the other surfaces of our fronts, sides and tops that we are hoping will blow your socks off too.
We announced our design collaboration via our Instagram platforms on 7 March and have been overwhelmed by the messages of excitement, encouragement and support received ever since – not to mention that we have been inundated with pre-orders that have resulted in a growing wait list. Needless to say, the pressure is on and we cannot wait to deliver our first products.
As I said in the Instagram post, there’s no million dollar plan in place, just two ridiculously passionate interior gals throwing caution to the wind and following a shared dream.
Keep an eye on our @fronteriors Instagram feed and website to see some or our inspiration, behind the scenes shots of this adventure and obviously more information regarding the official launch.
Visiting Italy in spring is always a good idea. Our excuse this week was a trip to the Milan Design Week to spot trends, meet with suppliers and experience the creative epicenter of styling and design that this city transforms into once a year. For the work that we do it is one of the most inspirational trips we can make.
Yet there is more to Milan then just the Design Week. The architecture, the shops, the food and the people, it’s all so good to experience making us realize there is a lot that we can learn from the Italians.
Italians are known for living la dolce vita (“the good life”). Food should be enjoyed at a table with loved ones. So we sat down and had numerous plates of the most divine pasta, taking the time for it and appreciating all those tasty ingredients. A salad is considered a side dish and not a meal. We are supporters!
We fit right in by not getting up too early yet starting the day off right with a croissant and coffee at a local coffee bar. Drinks go in proper cups in Italy, there is no such thing as a coffee to-go.
And the Italians know how to dress well. They live by the saying: la bella figura, meaning that life is better when you look better. So no messy bun and flip flops but beautiful quality pieces and dito shoes.
To make sure that we would look good for the occasion, we were dressed by Smallable. We chose some beautiful items to reflect both our own style and that of a Design Week. We went for classic pieces that could be dressed up or down for the different events we were attending.
Regarding design, we go back home fully inspired. When it comes to lifestyle, we hope to become a little more Italian every year because Vivo forte – Perché no? (translates: Live Loud, why not?)